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Jillblouis, Home Buyer in Portland, OR
Jillblouis answered:
I'm looking at a duplex foreclosure and wonder how much it is to remodel it. Focus would be on inside, new floors, kitchens, bathrooms. outside
I am about to complete a 3000k duplex in Texas. All new floors, granite counters in the kitchens and master baths, new appliances (whirlpool stainless steel), some new light fixtures, ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Feb 16, 2016 Remodel & Renovate in 97218
Sándor Lau, Both Buyer and Seller in Eugene, OR
Sándor Lau asked:
Who can recommend a contractor experienced in making legal, permitted accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in City of Gresham? I'm closing soon on a home with a finished garage conversion that would make a fairly easy ADU conversion. Plumbing is just adjacent to the garage conversion. I'm an investor primarily interested…
0 votes Share Flag Sat Jun 20, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Gresham
spencerburto…, Home Owner in Portland, OR
spencerburtonforportland answered:
Anyone in Portland, OR know of someone who can make old, uneven concrete stairs look good?
I'm an independent stone mason
i cover uneven or cracked old concrete with cut and mortared flagstone. It comes out beautiful.
I started a new project today covering an old uneven an ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Mar 25, 2015 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
John Connor, Home Buyer in Kansas City, MO
John Connor answered:
We're considering replacing the cracked tile floor in our main floor bathroom before putting our house on the market. Is it worth the investment?
I think it would be worth it because people want to see it in good condition. Having a cracked tile floor is not going to look good and not sell fast at all. I think that would be the b ... more
0 votes Share Flag Tue Nov 11, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in 97214
Janine Ward, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Janine Ward answered:
what's more valuable: # of bedrooms or an open living/dining combo in a small home?
If you are planning to be in the house another 5 years, I would recommend looking into the costs of removing the wall for your current livability, but plan to have it reinstalled for a ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed Nov 5, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
radiance1989, Home Owner in Beaverton, OR
radiance1989 asked:
Can I add a second stove/oven to the ADU? Many years back, we built an attached addition to the house for my grandma to stay with us. At the time, we installed a sink, but not stove/oven, because we believed having a second stove…
0 votes Share Flag Mon Jun 30, 2014 Remodel & Renovate in Beaverton
Jared Ford, Real Estate Pro in Salem, OR
Jared Ford answered:
We are buying a 5 bedroom one bath coop in Harlem, NYC and we are thinking of renovating it. Which is the best option for resale value?
At least 2 bathrooms are almost always better. When it comes to getting the most out of it, the best thing you can do is check to see what the surrounding similar size places are going ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Sep 5, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Salem
Misty Fisher, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Misty Fisher answered:
Can turning space over the garage into a dressing room raise my property taxes?
When there is a remodel the assessor calls that an "exception event" which allows them to increase your assessed value based on the improvements. This only happens if it reaches a value ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 15, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Misty Fisher, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Misty Fisher answered:
Am I obligated to let a Multnomah county appraiser into my newly purchased house to "check on building permit activity"?
When your taxable value approaches the level of your market value, your tax is calculated using a different (lower) tax rate - 1.5%. They call this being in "compression," and it usual ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Aug 15, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Tom Inglesby, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Tom Inglesby answered:
love it or list it?
The first place to start is getting a value for your property and talk to a lender to see what you can afford or with a refinance of your project getting a new loan with a possible lowe ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Aug 5, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in 97215
Jodie Smith, Real Estate Pro in Eugene, OR
Jodie Smith answered:
"Shower-room"
I have found that a lot of buyers desire a bath tub in at least one bathroom in the house. Usually people want that to be in the bathroom that guests and children use. Sometimes they wa ... more
0 votes Share Flag Thu Feb 21, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Tidewater
Wayne  Pruner, Real Estate Pro in Beaverton, OR
Wayne Pruner answered:
Requirements for converting a basement into a studio apartment in Portland, OR.
I've done 2 of these conversions. This is not an easy or cheap task. A permit is required. The bedroom needs an escape window. If you put in a stove, you will need new fire walls. Your ... more
1 vote Share Flag Sun Jan 13, 2013 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Jodie Smith, Real Estate Pro in Eugene, OR
Jodie Smith answered:
Contemplating getting natural light through the ceiling. Is skylight or light tube (solar tube) better value for money? How much for each of these?
Sandor, I realize that I forgot to answer the cost aspect of your question. I want to be sure that you get a trustworthy answer so I asked my husband, who is a general contractor, to re ... more
1 vote Share Flag Wed Nov 28, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 97402
Tom Inglesby, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
Tom Inglesby answered:
How much would it cost approximately to add on to the back of our house?
I know a home planner that probably would be less expensive and then have a contractor bid it for you. He designs many additions and is reasonable. email me and I will pass on his name. ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon Nov 26, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
The Stephen…, Real Estate Pro in Portland, OR
The Stephen FitzMaurice Team answered:
How much does it cost to finish a basement so that it won't flood?
It depends on the basement. I've helped two home owners seal their basements in the last year and one ran 10,000 and the other ran 4,000, so it just depends on your situation.
0 votes Share Flag Wed Sep 12, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Portland
Carla Muss-J…,  in Portland, OR
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker/Owner ~ Exclusive Buyers Agent ~ ABR, CEBA answered:
What is the approximate cost and return of raising the roof and adding a second story to my single-story house?
I love Trulia for the entertainment value of, not only the questions but the answers. Why are you asking real estate agents? Why not ask a contractor? Marco Gomez' answer is a hoot. ... more
1 vote Share Flag Fri Jul 13, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Salem
Jim K, Both Buyer and Seller in Honolulu, HI
Jim K answered:
Should we convert our 3 bedroom/1 bath into a 2 bedroom/2 bath?
3 BR homes sell better so option 3 out in my opinion. 2BA better than 1 for families. Spa feel nice if you are going to live there. Kitchens and bathrooms are expensive to change due to ... more
0 votes Share Flag Wed May 16, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in Salem
John Gray, Real Estate Pro in Eugene, OR
John Gray answered:
what is the penalty for not getting a permit to remodel a room?
Permits and inspections would be required for plumbing and electrical in Lane County. The county will do "as-built" inspections. You would have to purchase the required permits after ... more
0 votes Share Flag Mon May 7, 2012 Remodel & Renovate in 97478
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